Research staff blog 2010
Vitae Research Staff Conference 2010: Report on Workshop B1 - Case study examples from local RSAs and launch of RSA guide
This workshop consisted of talks by four speakers; Dr. Rob Hardwick who gave an Introduction to the UKRSA guide to Research Staff Associations, Dr. David Proctor who spoke about his extensive experience as co-chair of the College of Life Sciences Postdoc Association at the University of Dundee, Dr Jo Rees who told us about her experience with Postdocs of Cambridge and Sheila Thompson, a champion of Research Staff Associations at the University of Edinburgh, who explained how Universities can help Research Staff Associations. This was followed by a constructive discussion session focused on the experiences of the workshop members in setting up and running successful Research Staff Associations. A summary of the talks and discussion session is provided within.
10 November 2010
09 December 2010
Lilian Menu, director of the Dutch Postdoc Career Development Initiative and one of my co-presenters of the 'engaging research staff' workshop at the November RS conference, writes about the benefits of a postdoc retreat by reviewing the 2010 event. Bookings are open for the 2011 event in February (16-18 February) and international postdocs are more than welcome to take part: "PCDI Postdoc Retreat 2011 (16 – 18 February). Book your place now! More information, please visit www.pcdi.nl"
23 December 2010
STEMnet is used to encourage young people into science/technology/engineering/maths subjects beyond school level by teaming up with current employees in the STEM sector. Here are some thoughts on my first experience of being a STEM ambassador.
16 December 2010
How might academic life change as we become increasingly unable to depend on jetting off to conferences in California or meetings in Munich?
20 December 2010
15 December 2010
Today, thanks to a mandatory session on Research Misconduct (what it is, rather than how to do it), I’ve been thinking about the ethics of research.
07 December 2010
Christmas is nearly upon us. Are people winding down or they stepping up a gear to finish those last few experiments before going away?
15 December 2010
In 2009, more than 16% of the UK’s estimated 38,000 research staff population responded to the Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS). CROS 2009 has now been analysed by discipline using the following five broad disciplinary groups: arts and humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and engineering (referred to in this report as physical), biological sciences, and biomedical sciences (including medicine, dentistry and subjects allied to medicine). CROS 2009: differences by broad disciplinary group highlights the variations observed between responses from these five disciplinary groups.
13 December 2010
On this blog we have had discussions about the representation of women in science and engineering. I was sent a survey by the UK resource centre for women in SET which ties in with this.
10 December 2010